Premiere: The all new BMW Z4 sDrive35is

BMW Z4 | December 12th, 2009 by 42
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Combining classic proportions with modern features, the BMW Z4 Roadster enjoys the top spot in its market segment. Now, the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is distills …

Combining classic proportions with modern features, the BMW Z4 Roadster enjoys the top spot in its market segment. Now, the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is distills the Roadster’s performance potential to produce one of BMW’s fastest and best-handling Roadsters ever. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is making its world debut as a 2011 model at the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It arrives at authorized BMW Centers in Spring 2010.

More air, boost, and torque: More BMW performance.

The latest Z4 model is characterized by instantaneous response to the accelerator pedal, fantastic sounds, and a free-revving spirit. The engine features increased air intake flow and increased boost pressure to release more power with the same standard of efficiency. The combination of twin low-mass turbochargers and High Precision direct injection offers an output a naturally-aspirated engine would only be able to provide through more cylinders and larger displacement.

The turbocharger system developed for the engine of the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is maintains a high output throughout the entire engine speed range. Nominal peak torque is increased to 332 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Maximum output of 335 hp is delivered at 5,900 rpm.

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Overboost function for athletic acceleration.

The enhanced engine management system of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is includes an electronically-controlled overboost function to briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft. This temporary torque peak of 369 lb-ft gives the car a significant increase in acceleration. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is will complete the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds (preliminary). Top speed of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155 mph.

High Precision direct injection and BMW EfficientDynamics.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is offers outstanding power and performance without an increase in fuel consumption or emissions. Its figures are expected to match those of the BMW Z4 sDrive35i with Double-Clutch Transmission on the EPA test cycle. This balance of performance and fuel efficiency results from the fundamental design and layout of the BMW inline-6, which combines twin turbochargers with High Precision direct injection. The fuel injectors operate at a pressure of up to 200 bar (2900 psi), distributing fuel in a conical spray pattern throughout the combustion chamber. Another advantage of direct fuel injection is its cooling effect which allows higher compression while reducing the possibility of detonation.
Further technologies offered under the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy include Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, and on-demand operation of engine accessory units.

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Signature engine sound to accompany the surge of power.

The exhaust system of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is has been tuned specifically for this model. Acoustic engineering gives the car a very unique sound pattern across the speed range. This tuned sound is the result of special baffles and a unique set of mufflers. The sound is characterized by a deep rumble with a focus on the low frequency sound range.

Enhanced Electric Power Steering.

Electric Power Steering (EPS) on the BMW Z4 sDrive35is features very sporty programming, focused to provide intense and clear steering feedback to the driver. This enables the driver to turn-in with remarkable precision and confidence at all vehicle speeds.

7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission with special programming.

The standard 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) in the BMW Z4 sDrive35is combines the best in driving dynamics and efficiency. A highlight is the dual-mass flywheel, configured for the higher levels of power and performance. The DCT can shift gears without the slightest interruption of power to the rear tires, and offers a choice of automatic or manual gear selection. The programming of the DCT has been tailored to complement the sporty nature of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is at every level.
When shifting gears manually or within the SPORT and SPORT+ modes of the Z4’s standard Driving Dynamics Control, the transmission offers an exciting experience through faster gearshifts and a greater increase in torque before shifting. The DCT also features a Launch Control function for maximum performance when accelerating from a standstill. The DCT is controlled by an electronic gear selector on the center console and comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.

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M Sport upgrades to match the new engine’s performance.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is includes new M Sport upgrades such as M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension. The adaptive M Suspension combines a ride-height reduction of 10 millimeters (almost 0.4”) with electronically controlled shock absorbers (Dynamic Damping Control) to improve the vehicle’s agility without compromising ride comfort. The M Sport upgrades emphasize the Z4’s athletic character through aerodynamically optimized exterior features and customized interior components.
Special 18-inch light-alloy wheels in five-spoke design round off the sporty character of the Z4 sDrive35is. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available as an option. In addition to its unique wheels, the new model is further distinguished by a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath.

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M Sport interior enhancements and new Kansas Walnut leather.

Inside the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, the driving experience is enhanced by features such as a new thick-rimmed M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M driver’s footrest, and sport seats. Grey-faced instrument dials feature the “sDrive35is” model designation. Further features inside the Z4 sDrive35is are the Anthracite-colored BMW Individual roof lining, M door sill strips, floor mats with colored piping and the “sDrive35is” model designation, as well as M interior trim in Aluminum Carbon. The new Aluminum Carbon trim features the recognizable “weave” of natural carbon fiber interpreted on a matte aluminum base.

The range of leather upholstery is being further enhanced by an additional color variant marking the launch of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is: All versions of the Z4 Roadster are now also available in Kansas Walnut leather as an option. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is available with a choice of six paintwork colors. In addition to Alpine White and the metallic colors Titanium Silver, Black Sapphire, Space Grey, and Deep Sea Blue, the Z4 Roadster is now available for the first time in Melbourne Red metallic. Regardless of the color chosen, the exterior mirror caps on the BMW Z4 sDrive35is are always Oxide Silver.

42 responses to “Premiere: The all new BMW Z4 sDrive35is”

  1. Tom says:

    Still waiting for the 335is *cough* :P

  2. badger says:

    so its a bmw Z4 M?
    without the M badge?

    • Bryce says:

      Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Is this in lieu of the Z4 M? This is an awesome looking car and the engine sounds pretty amazing, but I think a Z4 M is more appropriate than an X5 M or X6 M. What is BMW thinking?!

    • Jordan says:

      i kinda doubt a M model would get relatively small upgrades…. and plus if it was a M it’d have the badge, like the last Zed

      • Bryce says:

        If this already has the twin turbo 3.5l straight six, then what engine would they pack into that frame for an M model? This will do 0-60 in 4.7, so an M would have to be crazy fast!

        • Jordan says:

          That’s really hard to know. possibly the 4.0 V8 from the M3 but BMW is now going to turbos it seems for their M cars so maybe they make a twin turbo 3.5 litre inline-6 directly from the M division and put it in… I have no idea.

          btw… the 35 in the name is a bit confusing. it is mostly regarding what the relative power of the engine is. it used to be engine size, so a 328 would have a 2.8 litre engine, however now it’s more based on relative output. the current 328 has a 3.0 litre engine. back to the 35, it is a twin turbo 3.0 litre engine, the 30 (or 330) would represent the current models over in europe that have the 3.0 litre N/A engine (similar to the 328 here rated at 230hp) but are rated at 272hp.

        • Jordan says:

          and bryce, ya about the 0-60 time… i honestly think there is not going to be a Z4M this time around. the M3 coupe already goes to 60 in 4.7s and 4.5 with the DCT. from everything i know about BMW, making something even faster than the M3 just doesn’t make sense to me. i think this will be the top of the line for the Z4 for this body style. and really, based on numbers, this sDrive35is should “just” beat the M3 around almost any track. it’s got similar acceleration but the Z4 will win in the corners with 250lbs less weight.

          but like i said above, if they did actually happen to make a Z4M, I have no idea what engine they would put in it.

      • DAVID says:

        hai its david the car is very sexy its look very hot in image i want 2 buy this car ok

  3. Babken says:

    Fantastic job, BMW. Bravo!

  4. KidrauhlM5 says:

    Whow that Z4 looks amazing!! I love the looks and now I just need to see it in different colours. If I would ever got a chance to get this car, Alpinweiss is the choice. But boy this car really is fast!! As fast as an M3!!

  5. wazon8 says:

    Great car. It would be fantastic, if they made 335is e92.

  6. viper says:

    I have to say it looks nice

  7. plaxico says:

    beautiful car

  8. :p says:

    There should be a BMW 335is. Cheaper than the M3 but a great speedy car for the track and the city.

  9. dustin says:

    Those silver mirror caps remind me of the Audi S4 – not an original idea. Looks awesome inside, though. Those gauge faces look hot, although I still don’t like the whole ‘sDrive35i’ nomenclature – doesn’t roll off the tongue.

    Nice power upgrade as well. I wonder if this is going to be rolled out in the 1, 3, and 5. I’m also wondering if all the twin turbos sixes are going to the single turbo like the 5 GT.

  10. Ricardo says:

    I was so very happy to find out the good news of the Z4 engine upgrade until I found out the colors. It is to my understanding that the 2011 model will not be offered in the Mojave/Havana Grey. Can anyone confirm this? This is the color I want to order for my Z4. I just don’t like the other colors due to the fact they are “ordinary” and not “special” like the Mojave/Havana Grey. Yikes!!!…

  11. Ricardo says:

    Also, this new BMW Z4 sDrive53is gets a boost of 335-340 horse power but not an M classification, then my theory is that if BMW does put out a truely Z4 M later, it has to be close to the 375 horse power category. Anymore, then it would be in the realm of the M3. However, I am not sure if it would be possible to add hp above 350 due to the fact that adding more horse power requires a larger engine. I am not an engineer or a mechanic but if I am right then you could not fit a larger engine without making the Z4 larger in overall car size. Any comments?

  12. Ricardo says:

    Back to the colors of the 2011 Z4, if it is true that I cannot order my new Z4 in Mojave/Havana Grey then the other color I love is the BlueWater which is also not available for the Z4. Just my luck. I currently own a 135i coupe in the BlueWater color and I love it! It is my thought that nolt all colors look good in a particular model but I am sure the Z4 would look awesome in the BlueWater. Question, I know the answer is no but can I special order my new Z4 35is (Light M) from BMW in either the above two colors without going after-market? I just want to hear (read) it from the horses mouth.

  13. Ricardo says:

    BTW, I also heard that the 135i and the 335i are getting this same engine boost, 135is and 335is. The question is, why can’t the Z4 simply get a different engine with more power than the 1 and 3 series? I bought my 135i using the logic, it’s cheaper than the 335i and the Z4 35i which has basically the same engine. Of course the Z4 35i is a little different when it comes to the 7 speed double clutch option but why then would I want to “pay more” when I can get same or nearly the same with the 135is? I guess the answer perhaps is, “cute.” You can get a Z4 35is because it’s “cute.” Any comments?

  14. ///AMG lover65 says:

    the M sport version will use the m3s v8. it may be faster than the evo 8

  15. Ricardo says:

    Are we talking about the Z435is here, what do you mean the M sport version getting the m3s v8?

  16. Steenbra says:

    Love the carbon! Is there talks of an M version?

  17. C.J. Scott says:

    Please notify me as when the 2010 Z435is will be on sale and how I can obtain a colored brochure and color chart! Also, send exterior and interior color choices, as well options list. Thank you!

    Please mail to:

    C.J. Scott
    P.O. Box 2456
    Frisco, Tx 75034-0045

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